Originally Posted by Mr Orange
If you guys have hand-on experience with these Hughes&Kettners etc, please feel free to share as it's pretty easy for everyone to find all those manufacturer websites...
One time Triamp owner here...
I think H&K (the amp guys) make a pretty nice amp. It is somewhat limited in sounds. You really have to try all of their amps and find the one that has the tone for you, and stay there. Whatever tone the amp gives you is a very nice, well-articulated sound... it is just limited. I think of it as a refined Marshall, with a bit more even of a frequency range. Whereas the Marshalls (to me) have a harsh "V" shape in the EQ band, cutting the mids out pretty dramatically, the H&K's start out a bit more flat. The rest of the tone is pretty similar.
They tried to make a few other amps, like their solid state Vortex series or their modelling amp, which never really caught on. The Vortex amps have a pretty interesting sound, almost Roland sounding clean but with insane solid state distortion. Tried to gear it around electronic music, but I just see it as an even more limited sound.
The Triamp is best thought of as having 3 channels with progressively more gain. There is no true clean channel, kind of like the 5150 (but cleaner than that). The 2nd channel is like a typical Marshall with the gain set to 5 and then channel 3 is all out insano gain.
Can't offer much more than that, I haven't played around with their entire lineup.